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Artist Creates a Chocolate Wonka

Willie Wonka is the most famous chocolate maker in fiction. No wonder an artist made a statue of Wonka out of chocolate!

A woman with outstretched arms looks at a lifesize chocolate statue that has just been unveiled in Trafalgar Square.

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Sculptor Jen Lindsey-Clark (right) helped unveil the chocolate Willie Wonka in London’s Trafalgar Square.

An artist recently unveiled a statue of legendary candy maker Willie Wonka that’s made entirely of chocolate! The statue was created in honor of the opening of Wonka, a movie about the character as a young man.

Chocolate sculptor Jen Lindsey-Clark spent more than five weeks making the sculpture, which is 6 feet, 2 inches (188 centimeters) tall and weighs 220 pounds (100 kilograms). She crafted everything from chocolate, including the top hat, the buttons, and the shoelaces.

Closeup of Jen Lindsey-Clark placing gloved hands on the shoelaces of a chocolate statue.

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Even the statue’s shoelaces are made of chocolate!

Lindsey-Clark said she was thrilled to do it. She’s loved chocolate ever since she made pretend-chocolate mud pies as a kid. Today, she’s a renowned chocolate artist. She even made a sculpture to look like England’s King Charles III when he was coronated (crowned).

Lindsey-Clark is also a fan of Willie Wonka, a character that first appeared in the Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since then, Wonka has been at the center of three movies, including Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 film that starred Gene Wilder as Wonka.

“From the minute I saw it, I had to watch it at least three times a year. It’s just the most magical, beautiful movie,” she told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The sculpture was unveiled in Trafalgar Square in London, England’s capital city. It’s been moved since then to keep the public from taking any nibbles!

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Sculptor Jen Lindsey-Clark didn’t leave out a single detail.

Did You Know

It’s possible to buy dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate. The main difference between them is the amount of milk and cocoa they contain. Since white chocolate does not contain cocoa powder, some people say it’s not really chocolate.

Which one is your favorite?

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Who is your favorite book or story character? Many artists have made sculptures and statues of the children’s book characters they just can’t forget. Click through the slideshow to see a few of them!

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